Tanja Nis-Hansen

Tanja Nis-Hansen (born in 1988, Danemark) lives and works in Berlin. She studied in Copenhagen and Vienna before achieving both her BFA (2016) and MFA (2018) at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg under the supervision of professor Jutta Koether.

Working between the mediums of painting, text, and performance, takes as her subject the body’s presence amid contemporary capitalism - anxious, waiting, resting, ill or non-functioning. Her semi-autobiographical works, which explore motifs including waiting rooms, spiral staircases, moments of rest, and text statements, invite the viewer to think about female labor, exhaustion, illness, bodily maintenance, heritage, and the environment. Perceptible throughout Nis-Hansen’s stylistically diverse oeuvre is an abiding curiosity about the history of painting and the social construction of hierarchies of taste. The artist evinces a fascination for theater and stage design, which in her paintings surfaces not only through the inner logic of space on the canvas, but also through an all over “theatrical” mode of representation.

Tanja Nis-Hansen has had solo exhibitions at Sans titre (2016), Paris (2022 and 2019); Udstillingsstedet Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen (2019); HfBK, Hamburg (2018); Come Over chez Malik’s, Hamburg (2017). This year in 2022, the artist will have solo shows at Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk and at L’INCONNUE, New York.
The artist was awarded the Neue Kunst Hamburg grant with Niclas Riepshoff (with whom she forms the performance duo CONNY) and a grant by the Danish Art Council in 2019, after being nominated for the Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium, the Hiscox Kunstpreis and the Schues Nachwuchsförderung all in 2018.
Selected group exhibitions include ‘Kassandras søstre’ at Rundetårn, Copenhagen (2022); ‘La forme de l’eau’, Paris (2022); ‘Sleeping In’, June, Berlin (2022); ‘Ancient Tongues’, L’INCONNUE, New York (2021); ‘INDEX Vienna’, SORT, Vienna (2019); ‘Space Opera’, Crum Heaven, Stockholm (2019); ‘La Première’, Sans titre (2016), Paris (2019); ‘Fruits Suspended and Swaying’, AEDT, Düsseldorf (2019); ‘Sanguine Husk’, Rumpelstiltskin, New York (2018); Nominees at Kunsthaus Hamburg (2018); ‘Amore Atomico di Amore di Lava’, Galleria Federico Vavassori, Milan (2018); Munchener Kammerspiele, Munich (2018); ‘Compassionate’, Der Tank, Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, Basel (2018); ‘Luxury problems’, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg (2017); ‘The trusting place’, Galerie der HfBK, Hamburg (2016); ‘Yolo’, Godsbanen, Aarhus (2015) and ‘Fluid Mechanic’, Parallel Vienna, Vienna (2014).

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Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Great Spaghettification, 2022, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Deoxyribonucleic Acid Trip 1, 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, 220 x 180 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Great Spaghettification, 2022, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Great Spaghettification, 2022, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Great Spaghettification, 2022, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Green face (I am still a patient girl), 2021, graphite putty and oil on canvas, wooden frame, ø 20 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Great Spaghettification, 2022, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Are you ready to get healthy?, 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, 90 x 70 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Let me tickle your fears (detail), 2021, installation with 340 CNC cut MDF letters, 15 x 1.2 cm (each), unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Crumbs as described by Julia Stephen, 2021, putty, oil and acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, 50 x 40 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Great Spaghettification, 2022, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Rusty clock (I am still a patient girl), 2021, iron compound, oxidation compound, MDF, metal and clockwork, wooden frame, ø 50 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), Find me in the Filling, 2021, exhibition view, Neue Kunst in Hamburg at Galerie Melike Bilir
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), Find me in the Filling (video still), 2021, video, 17:09 min
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), exhibition view, 20:15 Uhr, 2021, Neue Kunst in Hamburg at Galerie Melike Bilir
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), exhibition view, 20:15 Uhr, 2021, Neue Kunst in Hamburg at Galerie Melike Bilir
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), 4:00, 2021, ink, paper, magazine cut-out, collage on paper, 28.5 x 40 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), exhibition view, 20:15 Uhr, 2021, Neue Kunst in Hamburg at Galerie Melike Bilir
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), 18:10, 2021, ink, collage on paper, 26 x 38.5 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
installation view, solo presentation at LISTE Art Fair, 2021, Basel
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Notes on death due to falling, 2021, oil on canvas, 160 x 240 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Start singing lessons, get a dog, work out, enjoy your evolving career, 2021, oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
installation view, solo presentation at LISTE Art Fair, 2021, Basel
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
The dramatics, 2021, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Abracadabra, Now you see it, now you don’t, 2021, graphite putty, iron primer and oxidation medium on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, Ancient Tongues, 2021, L’INCONNUE, New York
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
I’m a patient girl, 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas, ø 90 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Death Watch or 45 minutes of solitude but now it’s a quarter to 2, 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas, ø 120 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
The lady is seemingly floating, 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 70 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Benign Tumour, 2019, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Benign Tumour, 2019, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Cat and fox deliberating on possible escape routes (or every night we practice how to die), 2019, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Benign Tumour, 2019, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Keep your eyes peeled, all of our histories are just stories, 2019, oil and graphite putty on canvas, 140 x 110 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, The Benign Tumour, 2019, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Internal affairs, 2018, oil and graphite on canvas, 80 x 60 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
When the inevitable collapse came to town, 2019, acrylic, graphite putty and oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, DE HIMLENDE ØJNE, 2019, Udstillingsstedet Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Away from Keyboard - Out of Oxygen, 2019, oil on canvas, 180 x 360 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
performance view, Teenage Mutant, 2019, Udstillingsstedet Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, DE HIMLENDE ØJNE, 2019, Udstillingsstedet Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening, 2019, oil on canvas, ø 80 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Art-Money-Sorrow-Balance, 2019, oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm, unique, exhibition view, SORT, Vienna, 2019
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
performance view, Teenage Mutant, 2019 Nominees, Kunsthaus Hamburg
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
performance view, Teenage Mutant, 2019 Nominees, Kunsthaus Hamburg
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), Set up for CONNY (Membrane), 2018-2019, oil and pigment on canvas on wooden frame, chain, styrofoam, newspapers, mirrors, 300 x 200 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), Set up for CONNY (Membrane), 2018-2019, oil and pigment on canvas on wooden frame, chain, styrofoam, newspapers, mirrors, 300 x 200 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), Set up for CONNY (Membrane), 2018-2019, oil and pigment on canvas on wooden frame, chain, styrofoam, newspapers, mirrors, 300 x 200 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), performance view, Café Miao, 2018
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), performance view, Café Miao, 2018
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
CONNY (Tanja Nis-Hansen & Niclas Riepshoff), performance view, Café Miao, 2018
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Untitled, 2019, oil and graphite on canvas, ø 90 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, La Première, 2019, Sans titre (2016), Paris
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
K für Katharsis, 2019, acrylic on MDF, 54 x 38 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Cautious distrust, 2018, oil and graphite on canvas, 160 x 120 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
Ceremony of the unimpressed (3), 2018, oil and graphite on canvas, 190 x 150 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
The distributors, 2018, oil and graphite on canvas, 160 x 120 cm, unique
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, degree show, 2018, HFBK Hamburg
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
exhibition view, degree show, 2018, HFBK Hamburg
Tanja Nis-Hansen - © Sans titre (2016)
A twist in my sobriety, 2018, oil and graphite on canvas, 160 x 140 cm, unique

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